Matthew Z. Yates

Professor; Scientist, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Chair
University of Texas, PhD, 1999

253 Gavett Hall
(585) 273-2335
Fax: (585) 273-1348

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Honors & Awards

Director's Fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory (1999)
NSF International Research Fellowship for study at the Max Planck Institute (2001)


CHE 225 Thermodynamics
CHE 231 Chemical Reactor Design
CHE 454 Interfacial Engineering
CHE 488 Introduction to Energy Systems

Recent Publications

Fu, C.; Savino, K.; Gabrys, P.; Zeng, A.; Guan, B.; Olvera, D.; Wang, C.; Song, B.; Awad, H.; Gao, Y.; Yates, M. Z.; "Hydroxyapatite thin films with giant electrical polarization," Chemistry of Materials2015, 27(4), 1164-1171.

Fu, C.; Song, B.; Wan, C.; Savino, K.; Wang, Y.; Zhang, X.; Yates, M. Z.; "Electrochemical growth of composite hydroxyapatite coatings for controlled release," Surface & Coatings Technology, 2015, 276, 618-625.

Savion, K.; Yates, M. Z.; "Thermal stability of electrochemical-hydrothermal hydroxyap-atite coatings," Ceramics International, 2015, 41(7), 8568-8577.

Tsai, H.-Y.; Lee, A.; Peng, W.; Yates, M. Z.; "Synthesis of poly(n-isopropylacrylamide) particles for metal affinity binding of peptides," Colloids and Surfaces B-Biointerfaces, 2014, 114, 104-110.

Tsai, H.-Y.; Vats, K.; Yates, M. Z.; Benoits, D. S. W.; "Two-dimensional patterns of poly(n-isopropylacrylamide) microgels to spatially control fibroblast adhesion and temperature-responsive detachments," Langmuir, 2013, 29(39), 12183-12193.

Research Overview

Our research group creates advanced materials through the control of surface and interfacial properties. We are particularly interested in the production of fine particles, thin films, and membranes. The research work is multidisciplinary and targets wide ranging applications. In collaboration with the Laboratory for Laser Energetics, we have created hollow particles for laser fusion targets. Bioconjugation to particle surfaces and microencapsulation of pharmaceuticals has been explored in our collaborations with the School of Medicine to create particles for controlled and targeted release. We use particle assembly into thin films to create optically reflective coatings and free standing membranes with enhanced transport properties. Crystal growth onto surfaces has been used to form proton conducting ceramic membranes with enhanced transport properties that can be used in fuel cells and other electrochemical devices. In addition to Chemical Engineering, our group is actively involved in the Materials Science and Alternative Energy programs.